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Molly Cule
317487.  Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:50 am Reply with quote

The Tree Man . I can't actually read this right now... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/04/16/wtree116.xml

 
eggshaped
317697.  Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:42 am Reply with quote

Way back when, there was an "oldest organism" discussion on this thread. Just wanted to draw whomever it may concern to a new claim for the oldest tree.

An 8000 year old root system of Spruce trees in Sweden.

Quote:
Kullman explained that, while any individual tree growing in the area would itself not be more than a few hundred years old, any tree found on site over the centuries would be generated from the same genetic root system.

“There is constant turnover in what is actually growing above ground,” he said.

“But genetically, the trees growing today are the same as those from thousands of years ago.”


http://www.thelocal.se/11054/20080411/

 
WB
317777.  Wed Apr 16, 2008 12:12 pm Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
Way back when, there was an "oldest organism" discussion on this thread. Just wanted to draw whomever it may concern to a new claim for the oldest tree.

An 8000 year old root system of Spruce trees in Sweden.


Yes I spotted this, but I don't think it really stands up. The trees in Methuselah's walk are 4,600 years old. These Swedish trees are not themselves 8,000 years old, they are like the clonal colony of Aspens - and that is of the order of 80,000 years old!

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eggshaped
326897.  Tue Apr 29, 2008 4:08 am Reply with quote

I don't know if this is a bit late for the flora show, but it turns out that some wasps have sex with orchids.

They find the orchids so irrisistible that they actually ejaculate; the advantage to the orchid is obvious, it means that more of its pollen is distributed, but it's more of a non-negative for the wasp. You would normally think that wasps wasting valuable sperm would be less evolutionarily viable, but it turns out that it may happen because in this species the females can reproduce without help from males.

http://www.livescience.com/strangenews/080428-orchid-climax.html

Link to FETISH, FEMINISM.

 
eggshaped
350313.  Mon Jun 02, 2008 4:32 am Reply with quote

Posted here for future use: at least to go into SQUIRE:

The bananas that we eat today are smaller, less tasty and less hardy than the ones your grandparents ate.

This was down to Panama disease (or Fusarum Wilt) which hit the crop in the 1960s. The old banana was called the Gros Michel and it was made virtually extinct by the blight; the current is called the cavendish.

http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/54710/

 

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